Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United can win promotion next season if they sell Jack Clarke for £12million and replace him with three “quality” signings.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds defender believes Marcelo Bielsa’s squad requires only some finetuning to take the next step to a top-two finish.
Andrea Radrizzani has made it publicly and privately clear there will not be significant funds available to Bielsa to strengthen the squad and the manager is going to have to operate shrewdly in the market.
Mills believes the smartest move would be for Leeds to cash in on winger Clarke rather than one of their other three prize assets who could leave – Kalvin Phillips, Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe.
“For Leeds to get back in the Premier League, the one to let go is Clarke,” he told Football Insider. “Much as Leeds fans want to keep him and you don’t want to lose your best young players, he is the easiest one to replace with a loan signing.
“That’s the way I would look at it. I’d sell Jack Clarke for £12million and bring in three quality signings, whether permanent or a top loan signing requiring a big fee.
“His potential could be outstanding, but you look at the other main assets – Phillips, Jansson and Roofe – they have played an awful lot and Clarke has been in and out. He is the expendable one.
“Leeds aren’t going to get promoted by selling all their best players, but letting one go can help them build a better team to get them over the line.”
Clarke, 18, burst into the Leeds team last autumn and made a big impact before a mystery virus sustained in February stunted his progress.
Football Insider broke the news that Tottenham have lined up a fresh move for the teenage ace after being given encouragement over a £10million swoop, while there is also interest from other top-flight clubs.
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